Hey I'm back from Thanksgiving break.

Amazingly the Avs, despite losing 4 of the last 5 games pretty embarrassingly, are only 1 point out of first in the NW division. It's kind of bittersweet because they could have really taken over the division in that time and instead they allowed Vancouver to get back into the race.

They have just flat out been cover-your-eyes awful, and really I think it's a case of pressing. I missed the last two games (believe it or not the hotel I stayed in in Portland, OR didn't have NHL center Ice, or a real good internet connection even) but in the previous games they were trying to make every goal a nice pass. Let's just let the puck rip at the net. We have two really good rebound/screen/trouble makers in Smyth and Brunette. I know we don't have the best shots from the point but let's put them on net and see what happens. It's got to be better than trying to center to a 1-vs-4 covered guy from behind the net right?


  1. 1) Many have started to talk about Quenneville's job is on the line. We're not certain he's at fault here.
    2) The stats for both of your goalies aren't impressive. Could it be that this is what is holding the team back from being dominant instead of just another playoff capable squad?

  2. FR,

    The stats don't enlighten anybody to the reality that or blueline is a sieve. Our forwards are inconsistent at best when it comes to D-zone coverage. Plenty of nights have seen the goalies hung out to dry. Add in the minimum of one soft goal that Theo gives up on a nightly basis, and those stats get skewed even more.

    A broken PP, inability to match lines on the road, a goalie tandem that has no rhyme or reason to it, and the constant line shuffling are ALL coaching decisions. His calls on scratches/starts has been confusing too.

    When a team this loaded with talent doesn't hustle or show effort, how is that not a coaching problem too? I'm willing to take Jibbles view that it's still early, but if they don't snap out of this soon, management will do something more drastic than firing Coach Q.

  3. I agree with Mike, while Theo hasn't been any good the last few games, the goalies stats have been a reflection of really poor defensive play in front of the net.

    2 vs 1's and 3 vs 2's have been common place this season even when the Avs were winning. the goalies are probably closer to #5 or 6 on the list of what's wrong with the Avs.

    I do think the coaching has been suspect this season, but it's a long season and overreacting to small blips isn't a good way to have anything done right. Q has been a pretty good coach and he obviously needs time to solve the problems that are there. Coaching isn't a science and if the answers were easy, everyone would be a coach. While I certainly question many of his decisions this season I'm willing to give him an entire season, even if the Avs miss the playoffs.

  4. That's cause Oregon sucks. No one here know a hockey puck from a pile of shit.

    I'm still really pissed that Risebrough let Brunette go, but I really can't blame him for now saying, "fuck you, I get to play with Joe Sakic and score a bijallion points a season".

  5. But you have Martin Skoula!

    we really miss him here